The city's tallest Ganesha made without chemicals, which attracted a large number of crowds from various corners, collapsed at MVP Colony hours before its immersion on Wednesday.
Made to create awareness on making Ganesha idol by using clay, dry grass and water colours, Sri Sampath Vinayaka Visakha Youth Association installed the giant Ganesha near the A.S. Raja College grounds. While the organisers claimed that due to rain and winds the previous night, the idol crashed, the onlookers and locals said it could be due to pipeline laying work.
It is said that to lay the pipeline as part of releasing water on the idol for its on-the-spot immersion, some of the workers cut the wood stand which was holding the idol. The idol stood 120 foot tall. The organisers had also installed 2,500-kg laddu with nine ft. height – claimed to be the largest made so far. The laddu was sponsored by a real estate firm. The laddu was made by sweet-maker Srinivas Babu of Tapeswaram in East Godavari district.
The Ganesha idol was made by artisans of Kolkata, who took over a month to install it. The organisers spent around Rs.35 to Rs.40 lakh on making the arrangements by pooling up funds from among themselves and the locals.
As the news spread on the collapsing of the idol, scores of people rushed to the venue. Later organisers performed the immersion on-the-spot.